Chinese Premier Li Keqiang talks about economy, reform and diplomacy
2018-03-20 13:31:00

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and newly-elected vice premiers attended a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday, following the closing meeting of the first session of the 13th National People’s Congress.

Premier Li answered questions on various topics including China's reform and opening-up, economic strategy, foreign policy and people's livelihood.

Here are the highlights from the press conference:

On China's reform and opening up in new era

Premier Li Keqiang said China will open its door even wider to the world than before, with an aim toensure both Chinese and foreign investors to compete in a fair market.

Li listed several measures including to further widen market access to education, health care and financial services, to fully open up in manufacturing sectors, to better protect intellectual property rights (IPR), and to shorten the negative list of foreign investment.

On transformation of government function

Premier Li pledged that the government will further cut the red tape and further streamlinetheaccessionprocessto the market.

He stressed that it is a must to undertake strong reform measures as “small steps are critical to achieving a bigger policy goal.”

To improve business environment, the government will cut the time it takes for opening business by another half, reduce the time required for reviewing a project application by another half and put in the national place a platform for accessing government services, he detailed.

Other measures includes to let people get things done in one place without a need for a second trip and to ensure that any requirement for certification that has no basis in law or regulation will be abolished, Li told reporters.

Source: CGTN Editor: Hiram